Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

$70,116.80 - $120,666.80 Annually
Dec 01, 2019
Dec 13, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

NOTE: This is a re-opening to expand the pool of qualified candidates and to fill an additional vacancy. If you have already applied for this position there is no need to re-apply unless you wish to update your application.

The Arlington County Department of Human Services is currently recruiting for a Nurse Practitioner position within its Psychiatric Services Bureau in the Behavioral Healthcare Division . The organization is a recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, dynamic behavioral healthcare agency, providing critical services to Arlington County residents.

To learn more about Arlington County's Psychiatric Services, please click here.

The individual selected for this position will support the Psychiatric Services outpatient services team, and participate on an inter-disciplinary team including psychiatrists, public health nurses, pharmacy, staff, and administrative staff to provide services, collaborate with external providers, and incorporate health and wellness needs into the overall plan of care of client's served.

Specific duties include:
  • Conducting psychiatric assessments of clients;
  • Ongoing psychiatric management, including psychopharmacological treatment, psychotherapeutic support, and crisis intervention in collaboration with the treatment team and clinical supervisors;
  • Assuring comprehensive healthcare needs are identified and treated;
  • Educating clients about their illness and providing health management information and techniques;
  • Documenting clinical care and services provided; and
  • Providing backup psychiatric provider coverage as needed, mainly consisting of after-hours telephone call responsibilities and back-up to crisis stabilization program.
The successful candidate will possess experience with psychopharmacologic management of individuals who have chronic mental illness and/or dual diagnosed. The candidate must be able to work independently, have effective communication skills and work well with an interdisciplinary team.

Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from a college or university program accredited by the American Nurses' Association AND
  • A Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing, which required a clinical mental health practicum prior to graduation involving diagnostic and treatment services.

Substitution: A directly related higher level clinical degree (Doctorate) may substitute for the Master's Degree education requirement.

Desirable: Preference may be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Outpatient crisis services or crisis unit such as a hospital emergency department;
  • Working in an acute inpatient psychiatric unit; and/or
  • Current healthcare provider CPR certification from the American Heart Association.

Special Requirements

Must be certified or eligible for certification as an Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Board of Nursing and the Board of Medicine may issue certification by endorsement to an applicant who has been certified as a Nurse Practitioner by another state, the District of Columbia, or a United States possession or territory.

Must be licensed or eligible for license by endorsement to practice professional nursing as a Registered Nurse in Virginia. The Board of Nursing may issue a license by endorsement to an applicant who has been licensed as a professional nurse by another state, the District of Columbia, or a United States possession or territory.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must provide or authorize Arlington County to obtain a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent on a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Must have DEA prescriptive authority.

Must complete pre-hire federal background check and State of Virginia Central Registry check.

Additional Information

Work hours: A flexible work schedule is available including normal work hours between the hours of 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, with at least one evening required per week.

Salary listed above is the salary range effective July 1, 2019.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process. Please do not enter "see resume" as a response to the questions. Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

NOTE: This position is listed as "open continuous." Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Please ensure that your application fully supports the requirements for this position and check ALL which describe your background and experience.
  • I have earned a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from a college or university program accredited by the American Nurses' Association.
  • I have earned a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing which required a clinical mental health practicum prior to graduation involving diagnostic and treatment services
  • I am substituting a higher level (Doctorate) clinical degree for the Master's Degree requirement.


Please provide the following: Bachelor's Degree in Nursing awarded from what institution: Date of graduation: Master's Degree awarded from what institution: Date of graduation: Dates of clinical practicum: Description of duties of clinical practicum:


Please check the box which describes your current nursing licensure:
  • I am a Registered Nurse with a current license to practice nursing in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • I am a Registered Nurse and licensed in a State other than the Commonwealth of Virginia and am eligible for endorsement by the Board of Nursing to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


RN License Number: Date of first license: State of licensure: Expiration:


Please check the box which describes your current Nurse Practitioner license:
  • I am ANCC certified as a Mental Health-Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • I am ANCC certified as a Mental Health-Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in another state and am eligible to be certified by the Board of Nursing and the Board of Medicine as a Nurse Practitioner to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


ANCC Nurse Practitioner License Number: Date of first license: State of licensure: Expiration:


Please describe your experience working in a behavioral health or primacy care clinics working with consumers who have serious mental illness. If you do not have this experience, respond with "n/a".

Required Question

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